Natalie is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of HomeWorks Trenton, a free community-based after-school boarding program. Growing up in a numbers-driven public school system in Hong Kong, Natalie had an unhealthy relationship with learning. This relationship changed when she had the opportunity to attend a boarding school in New Jersey. More importantly, living with 40 girls at such a young age empowered her to become more empathetic and confident, and these women are still her support system today.
While earning her teaching certificate as a sophomore at Princeton University, Natalie started HomeWorks with the idea of replicating this experience for girls in marginalized communities around the world. Since 2016, she has partnered with her community to run 5 programs with 50 participants, raised over $1.9 million in cash and in-kind donations, and built a diverse team of 6 full-time and 4 part-time staff, board members, interns and volunteers. Natalie and HomeWorks have been recognized by McKinsey & Company, Barclays, Camelback Ventures, Comcast, Hollister, TRESemmé, Echoing Green, Vital Voices, Penn Graduate School of Education, Princeton University and more.